Noborder action camp in Strasbourg July 19th to 28th

 
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  :: The European noborder network - an attempt for practical resistance ::

 
  "The name noborder is also our program. We don't accept any borders. Commodities and money are floating freely across national borders.
The same should go for people - for whatever reasons: to escape political, racist or sexist persecution, civil wars, poverty; to find jobs; or simply in search of a better live" (activist from the European noborder network).
The European noborder network - an attempt for practical resistance "Strasbourg" is the first attempt of the European noborder network to organise a bordercamp collaboratively, with dozens of very different groups from all over Europe.
Here's a bit of history about the network. The increasingly restrictive harmonisation of asylum and immigration policy in Europe has led to an increase in anti-racist grassroots networking all over Europe. The European noborder network [www.noborder.org] started 1999 at the protests against the EU migration summit in Tampere/Finland. Demonstrations and direct actions against the European project of deportation and exclusion were synchronised in 8 EU countries.
On the basis of this shared experience, the first noborder meeting was held in Amsterdam, followed by Paris, Barcelona, München and Warsawa, with a diverse bunch of participants (anti-racists, migrant self-organisations, libertarians, direct action groups, artists, actors) from Spain, Finland, Ukraine, Poland, the Netherlands, UK, Austria, to name only a few. Between meetings, people circulate infos & calls for actions and discuss migration and borders on an English speaking mailing list.
The bordercrossing activities are circulating around two major campaigns: The website "www.deportation-alliance.com" connects campaigns against airlines that make profit from the deportation business. The tactics of image pollution has proved an effective tool in disturbing the EU's deportation machinery. Through sharing the experience of long-lasting aviation campaigns (against Lufthansa and KLM), resistance has gained new momentum at a time when the political landscape seemed rather bleak. Bordercamps are physical interventions in the brutal and often deadly border regime of Fortress Europe. The anti-racist network "kein Mensch ist illegal" held its first bordercamp in 1998 as an intervention in one of the forgotten landscapes at the external borders of Schengenland. Since then, bordercamps have been further developed by social movements all over Europe. They have extended from external to internal, from territorial borders to the virtualised borderlines in the stations and airports, the everyday red-zones in the streets of the cities. The use of communication technology (mailing lists, webmagazines, videostreams, radio) is a crucial feature in the process of spreading the practical politics behind slogans like: No one is illegal/Freedom of Movement for all. Mobile media units like the PublixTheatreCaravan [www.no-racism.net/noborderour] integrate f2f and virtual communication. The European noborder network attempts to coordinate activities all over Europe. As they say on their website: "Our aim is always not only to criticise, but to create Europe-wide structures for practical and effective resistance".
 
     
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